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Free the Word! at the Orbit

Thursday 4th December 2014 7.30pm – 8.30pm
Orbit Jazz Club, 81 De Korte Street, Johannesburg, Gauteng

Mandla Langa, Beatrice Lamwaka, Makhosazana Xaba and Masande Ntshanga In Conversation with Michelle Magwood
PEN International, South African PEN, and the University of Witwatersrand are delighted to invite you for an evening of readings, discussion, and debate in Johannesburg’s celebrated jazz venue The Orbit.

Beatrice Lamwaka (Uganda), Mandla Langa (South Africa), Makhosazana Xaba (S.A.) and Masande Ntshanga (S.A.) will be reading extracts from their latest novels and poetry collections and discussing their work with Michele Magwood, Contributing Books Editor for the Sunday Times and host of TMLive Book Show.

The authors will also examine the role of contemporary novelists in bearing witness to social change in Africa and the tensions between the pressure to act as social commentators and their own creative expression.

The event will be free to the public.


Join Aziz Pahad for the Launch of Insurgent Diplomat: Civil Talks or Civil War? in Durban

Invitation: Insurgent Diplomat

Insurgent Diplomat: Civil Talks or Civil War?Penguin Books invites you to the launch of Insurgent Diplomat: Civil Talks or Civil War? by Aziz Pahad.

The launch will take place at Coastlands Durban on Friday, 28 November, at 6 for 6:30 PM.

Insurgent Diplomat is Pahad’s memoir of growing up under apartheid, living in exile and his role in the secret ANC discussions in the years before 1994.

Don’t miss it!

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Join Gené Gualdi for the Launch of Bollywood Blonde in Johannesburg

Bollywood Blonde Launch Invite

Bollywood BlondeJacana and YOLO Pizza would like to invite you to the launch of Bollywood Blonde by Gené Gualdi.

Gualdi will be speaking about her experiences working in the world’s biggest film industry.

The launch will be at YOLO Pizza in Melville on Thursday, 27 November at 5:30 for 6 PM.

See you there!

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  • Date: Thursday, 27 November 2014
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6 PM
  • Venue: YOLO Pizza,
    27th Street
    Melville | Map
  • RSVP: Zinta,, 011 628 3200

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Join Darrel Bristow-Bovey for the Launch of One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo at The Book Lounge

One Midlife Crisis and a SpeedoZebra Press invites you to the launch of One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo by Darrel Bristow-Bovey.

Bristow-Bovey will be in conversation with Lisa Lazarus and Greg Fried, also known as the writing duo Greg Lazarus, at The Book Lounge on Tuesday, 2 December. The event will start at 5:30 for 6 PM.

Don’t miss it!

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  • Date: Tuesday, 2 December 2014
  • Time: 5:30 for 6:00 PM
  • Venue: The Book Lounge
    71 Roeland Street
    Corner of Buitenkant and Roeland Street
    Cape Town | Map
  • Interviewers: Lisa Lazarus and Greg Fried
  • RSVP:, 021 462 2425

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The Launch of The Courage of ||kabbo Celebrates the Incredible Intellectual Tradition of the |xam People

Pippa Skotnes and Janette Deacon

The launch of The Courage of ||kabboThe Courage of ||kabboThe launch of The Courage of ||kabbo: Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the publication of Specimens of Bushman Folklore was held at The Book Lounge in Cape Town recently.

The collection of essays celebrates Wilhelm Bleek and Lucy Lloyd’s Specimens of Bushman Folklore, a record of the language and poetry of the |xam. The spirit of celebration was certainly present at the launch, as contributors, interested individuals, and friends and family filled the venue.

Pippa Skotnes and Janette Deacon began by asking each other questions about their respective work on the Bleek and Lloyd archives and their exploration of |xam culture by other means. They have both spent decades on the research, and have many interesting stories to tell.

The Bleek and LLoyd archive consists of the genealogies and stories the two collected, as well as their personal library. Skotnes said that working in it is like taking the host at a eucharist: time disappears and you are flung back into the lives of these people. Deacon agreed with this, but she did not satisfy herself with paper records of the |xam people; she wanted to visit their heartland. Finding the places ||kabbo and his contemporaries lived was not an easy task. Finding relics of the now-extinct language group required much squinting at Bleek and Lloyd maps and modern 1:50 000 maps, a number of trips down bumpy farm roads, and more than a few kind locals.

San people are frequently romantically presented as the history-less predecessors of all other Southern African inhabitants. But the Bleek and LLoyd archives demonstrate that the culture of the |xam is the site of profound intellectual tradition. Skotnes said that she discovered that the |xam worldview was rich and nuanced. Deacon concurred, adding that making the existence of |xam culture known has sparked pride among people of San descent, and interest among researchers. Skotnes was part of a team that digitised the entire Bleek and Lloyd archive, so the knowledge of the |xam people free and available to all. It can be accessed from The Digital Bleek and Lloyd.

There was lively interaction when the audience was invited to ask Skotnes and Deacon questions. A number of contributors told stories about their fascinating research on San language and culture. As one of then said, “This is a wonderful book with a wealth of information. Everyone should buy one.”


Erin Devenish (@ErinDevenish811) tweeted from the event using #livebooks:


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  • The Courage of ||kabbo: Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the publication of Specimens of Bushman Folklore edited by Janette Deacon and Pippa Skotnes
    EAN: 9781919895468
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Join Gene Gualdi for an Exclusive Books Coffee Morning at Fego in The Glen

Bollywood BlondeJacana Media and Exclusive Books would like to invite you to coffee with the author of Bollywood Blonde, Gené Gualdi.

The Exclusive Books Coffee Morning will take place on Thursday, 27 November, at Fego Coffee Shop in The Glen Shopping Centre. Join the author at 9:30 for 10 AM as she shares stories about her Bollywood career.

Tickets cost R30 per person and include coffee, tea and cake.

See you there!

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